April 22, 2017

Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 4/22/2017

With my grandmother's condition (for those that don't know, we're caring for her at home, but under Hospice care and she's going downhill the past couple weeks), we haven't got a chance to do much for shoeboxes, but that's where it's great to have friends who come alongside you, we got 3 great boxes full from Suzanne at Sew Delightful

So many useful & fun things!  Dresses, gloves, washclothes, stuffed animals, stickers, jewelry, plus lots of fun extras that if you follow the blog you know how I love to tuck in!  I'm especially excited about the largest sized gloves as we like to include work gloves or something in the 10-14 boxes, and last year it came down to like the last week before we found a good deal on them, and knit gloves work for that!

Happy Packing!

April 17, 2017

Zip Plastic Bags from MDSupplies & Services review

Here's a review of the zipper sealing plastic bags made by Dukal from MDSupplies & Service's special Shoebox Shoppers order form.     MDSupplies & Services has helpfully made us who pack for shoeboxes a special  order form of just items that can go in shoeboxes...plus it has FREE SHIPPING!!!

MDSupplies & Services offers 9  different sizes of bags in cases of 1,000:

These seem nice and sturdy.  Are they the same as ZipLoc brand bags?  No, but they're such a great price, and we're not storing food in them, so who cares?  But they are certainly sturdier than the holiday dollar store ones we normally get on clearance.  The plastic is thicker and the zipper is very sturdy.  I filled up a test bag with over half a pound of supplies, and shock it upside down and it didn't budge at all!

It looks to me like the size is based on the size inside the zippered part, I received other samples in them, so they weren't labeled with their sizes, but I measured them, and that's what it looked like to me...I have two different sizes to show you examples of what they will hold.  I think these would be great for packing parties where you want prepare sets/kits of things ahead of time.   They would also be good for preparing filler items, like pencil kits for.

6 by 9 inches (I think based on measurements):

A nice school supply kit or hygiene kit.  Here's what went in the school supply bag...it'd be a great filler item for the  The Pencil Granny & Friends project!

4 by 6 inches (I think based on measurements): 

This size worked well for smaller hygiene kits or for Lego type kits-take it out of the packaging, and put in it a bag with instructions, it's amazing how much room it saves in packaging! 

Here's how two of those would fit in a GO Box:

I hope this review helps someone...if you have any further questions, please just ask!

Disclaimer: I received these products free to review, but the opinions are all my own. 

Happy Packing!

April 15, 2017

Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 4/15/2017

It was a kind of light week for shoebox stockpiling, my grandmother who we care for has had a rough week, so we've been focusing on that.  For those who pray, we'd appreciate prayers, we're caring for her at home, but Hospice has been called in.

When running errands, I got to stop by Dollar Tree and get some soap with coupons.

My sister crocheted 2 Aunt Ida hats while sitting with my grandmother...she used to crochet and enjoyed hearing about the kids who would get the boxes.

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $2.27 

Spent from gift cards earned or won online: $0 

Added to stockpile:
  •  A dozen bars of soap
  • 2 hats

Happy Packing!

April 12, 2017

Getting cash back on shopping thru Swagbucks

Spring has sprung and at Swagbucks, the deals are in full bloom. They're giving back BIG Cash Back on your favorite merchants this week. If you haven't heard of Swagbucks, when you shop there you get cash back in the form of SB points for every dollar you spend. Then you redeem those points for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal, Walmart, and more! Sign up here to get started

The weekend is upon us and the weather is warming up, so now’s the perfect time to do a little shopping! I know some of these places we buy stuff for shoeboxes...what my family has started doing is if we're buying something (not on clearance) that we'd go in the store and buy, we often order it online to pick up in store.  It saves us time, and then we can get cash back!

Some of the current high % backs are great for shoeboxes (these return to regular cash back amounts after 4/16/2017):

Walmart = Up to 8% Cash Back

For shoebox "crafters" or those who like tools for the older boys boxes:

Lowe’s = 3% Cash Back
Home Depot = 3% Cash Back

And, then, place where you may not be able to get a good enough shoebox deal online, but you may need to pick up something for yourself, and then the cash back could go towards shoeboxes.

JCPenney – 15% Cash Back 
Nike – 20% Cash Back
Macy’s – 12% Cash Back
Gap – 8% Cash Back 

Hurry though, because these deal ends on the 16th!

Plus, if you've signed up through my links at some point this month (or do it now), you'll get a $2 (200 SB) bonus added to your account when you get your shopping SB! 

You can earn SB in all sorts of ways, including discovering deals and trying new products/services, watching videos, taking surveys, or just searching the web!

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April 9, 2017

Dial Soap Deal for shoeboxes

I wanted to share about a deal I've been getting on Dial Soap.  There is currently this printable coupon available, you should be able to print two on your computer (print as soon as you can, the last two months, it's been gone in like a day).  It was better the last two months, the coupon was for 50 cents more off, but still good.

$1.00 off any 2 Dial

I've found at my local these three packs at my local Dollar Trees you should be able to use the coupons on (you can see Dollar Tree's coupon policy here):

That works out to less than 20 cents a bar.  I've been able to use the $1.50 coupons at two different Dollar Trees different times with little to no problem.  Some people have had problems at their Dollar Tree.  My suggestions are: print the coupons on normal quality, not fast draft (as I often do with coupons) to be sure they'll scan better, be ready to explain the small print of the coupon saying "off any 3 pack", and personally I always carry a printed copy of Dollar Tree's coupon policy. Of course, one should also be prepared to be polite and take no for an answer. 

I know someone who had trouble, just decided to go to their WalMart that also carries this kind.

Saving Star (if you are unfamiliar with Saving Star, you can see here for more info from one of my other blogs)  also has a deal out right now, unfortunately, it doesn't work at Dollar Tree, but you could pair it with the printable coupon and a deal at another store possibly:
Save $1.00 on TWO (2) Dial® Complete Foaming Hand Wash (7.5 oz+), Liquid Hand Soap Refills (32 oz+), Bar Soap (3-Bar+), Advanced Bar (2-Bar+).Expires 4/30/2017.Save $1.00.

And, if for some reason you don't want to send Dial, here's some printable coupons on other brands of bar soap that might help you find a good deal!
$0.50 off one OLAY Body$0.25 off one Ivory Body Wash

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April 8, 2017

Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 4/8/2017

I stopped by Mighty Dollar and found a couple coloring things buy 1 get 1 free.  I think I'm going to use the racing coloring book as the base for a themed box for a 5-9 boy box.  It's really nice...lots of pages, words in English and Spanish, which increases the chances of the recipient being able to read it-we had boxes go to Ecuador last year.  It also has two pages of stickers, and a fold out racetrack scene with two pages of repositionable stickers to put on it.  I have a racing pencil kit, and some Hotwheels already...excited to se how it comes together!  I also picked up a couple tools for the 10-14 boy boxes.

Someone also gave us this little drawstring bag-very study...thought it'd work great for a small tool kit for a 10-14 boy box:

My sister crocheted 4 Aunt Ida hats

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $5.34

Spent from gift cards earned or won online: $0

Added to stockpile:
  • Coloring book
  • Coloring pad with pencils
  • 2 tools
  • 2 sticker pads
  • 1 drawstring bag
  • 4 hats

Happy Packing!
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